Monday, 13 May 2013


I've mentally composed so many posts this past week.  I could have written about the Yeggies, buying a decent pair of jeans, my latest table centrepieces, my daughter's first soccer games, my ineffectual housekeeping over the past couple of weeks, helping my grandma-in-law with her garden, mothers' day, etc...

But as soon as I sit down at the computer, I forgot my perfectly-crafted sentences that were so brilliant in my head, and became overwhelmed by everything on my to-do list. I ended up just not posting anything.  It is a pity, since compared to the average week, this one was rather eventful!  So here's a quick run-down:

Yeggies - After all my stress about what to wear for the Yeggies award event, I ended up fitting in perfectly. I chose the striped dress, black boots, teal tights, and an apple-green scarf.  My husband insisted I put my hair up, and I'm so glad I did, or I would have been constantly playing with it or wondering whether it was looking stringy.  Of course I don't have pictures!  I didn't bring my camera in, and misplaced my iPod in the car before the event.  The deserving winner of my category was Attack of the Redneck Mommy. I was more relieved than disappointed that I didn't win!

Soccer - This is my daughter's second year playing soccer in the U6 division.  Last year she was more concerned with blowing dandelion seeds and talking to the boys than she was with playing the game.  I think she scored on her own team once.  This year, she's some kind of soccer superstar, with 4 goals in the first two games.  I'm thrilled that she's showing more interest, and is more willing to get in there and actually touch the ball.  I did have to remind her that she is allowed to take the ball away from the other team, and she doesn't have to be nice.  It was after that reminder that she scored her first ever goal.  Her 3.5-year-old brother is showing signs of soccer skills too.  Next year...

Garden - My front garden is looking gorgeous, as it always does in the spring.  It's mid-to-late-summer that I lose my tolerance for the heat and give up my battle against the weeds.  But I'm determined not to do that this year.  I'm getting help dealing with the worst-looking/most visible flower bed, and I believe there will be lots of weeding in my near-future.  My kids love to help, and are getting pretty good at it.

On Friday, I was planting some free Stella de Oro daylilies (I love free plants!), and weeding.  I was trying to uproot a particularly stubborn clump of grass when I suddenly dislocated my thumb!  Lucky for me, it was only out of place for a second, and needed no help to pop back into place, but, Oh! the pain was nauseating!  Either that, or I'm a pansy.  Maybe both.  It's healing nicely, and it's not too difficult to avoid hurting it.  Except when I start the car.  I have to do that with my left hand.

Double-flowering-plum - AKA, my birthday bush, since it's always in full bloom for my birthday.

Almost luminescent orange tulips - My favourite flower.
Mothers' Day - For Mothers' Day this year, we went over to my mom's place for a walk and picnic.  "We" being me, my younger sister, our families, and my brother.  My older sister lives too far away to make it, but we wished she and her kids could have joined us anyway.  It was a gorgeous day, and although the walk was a little long, none of the kids complained until the way back.  Understandably, they were tired.  I love this shot of my son walking with his grandma.  He and his 4-year-old cousin thought Grandma's scooter was the coolest.

Other highlights of the day: My first ever breakfast in bed (My husband got up early to make me pancakes, even though he never eats pancakes for breakfast himself, being a strict cereal-for-breakfast devotee. You can see the result on Instagram), handpainted flower pot and card from my daughter, a little "Happy Mommy's Day" card from my son, a pretty purple pansy from church, and my first sunburn of the year.


  1. Happy Mother's Day, Joanna! You are a mom who certainly keeps busy!

  2. Oh I love the shot of your son with your Mom. Happy Mother's Day to both you and your Mom. B

  3. Happy Mother's Day! Sounds like you had a great day. Your flowers look awesome and that's a super cute picture of your son and grandma. :) Thanks for linking up with the Write Mama blog hop.


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